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Short-legged Bird Argassid (Argas brevippes)

Life cycle from egg to adult is 48-82 days. Adults have been known to live up to one year without feeding. Lives in close association with birds. This species is not commonly collected in the District.

Common hosts are birds, especially Owls, Mearns’ Gilded Flicker, Sparrow Hawks, Violet-Green Swallows, and Cactus Wrens.